Gleaners Foodbank (Quinte) Inc.
Mission & Vision
That everyone has the right to food security and an acceptable standard of living.
Therefore our mission is to provide food and resources to people who are hungry in the Quinte Region.
Our vision is a community that is hungry no more.
Gleaners Foodbank (Quinte) Inc. charitable number: 118939487RR0001
Gleaners Food Bank (Quinte) Inc.
Board of Directors (2018-2019)
Chair: Steven Halloran
Past Chair: Wanda Yank
Secretary: Merry Tinsley
Treasurer: Chantal Fraser
Director: Laurie Morgan
Director: John Vos
Director: Sue O’Brien
Director: Tim Durkin
Director: April Meeks
To contact the Board of Directors please contact the food bank at 613-962-9043 or [email protected].
Gleaners Food Bank was selected to set up a regional warehouse to efficiently bring food to this region’s food banks. With funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Harold Ballard Foundation, Gleaners purchased and installed an industrial fridge and freezer, industrial shelving and other equipment to operate the warehouse. The purchase of these items enabled the Tri-County Warehouse to safely and efficiently unload donations for the region.
The purpose of the Tri-County Warehouse is to provide safe and efficient shipping, receiving and food storage for all donations for the region. The warehouse weighs all donations in and out of the warehouse and maintains an accurate inventory system.
The Tri-County Warehouse receives local and corporate donations from across Canada through Food Banks Canada, the National Food Share System and the Ontario Association of Food Banks’ Snap Food Program. These donations are distributed to the region’s food banks based on annual Hunger Counts. The region’s food banks are members of the Quinte Regional Food Share Shelter (QRFSS) and they visit the warehouse monthly for supplies that are crucial to operating their food bank in their community. These supplies include perishable and non-perishable food. Surplus food donations are directed to meal programs and non-profit agencies.
The Tri-County Warehouse has a full time Warehouse Manager and gives a variety of special needs and alternative school placements an opportunity to learn new skills and give back to their community.
Quinte Regional Food Share Shelter (QRFSS)
In 2001, the Quinte Regional Food Share Shelter (QRFSS) was formed. Food Banks Canada introduced this initiative to ensure rural food banks could access food at a central warehouse and reduce shipping costs. The QRFSS is a collective of 8 area food banks that address the hunger needs of many families and individuals through the Tri-County region. Gleaners Food Bank is the largest food bank within the QRFSS collective.
Current QRFSS members are: Bancroft Food Bank • Cloyne & Northbrook Food Bank • Marmora Food Bank • Picton Food Bank • Stirling Food Bank • Wellington Food Bank
Gleaners Food Bank was originally a pilot project created by members of the Quinte Labour Council and Quinte Development and Peace. The food bank initially operated out of St. Thomas Anglican Church for 6 months in 1986. To meet increasing need the food bank moved to the basement of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in 1987. In 2007 the food bank moved, for the last time, to its current location at 25 Wallbridge Crescent. Gleaners Food Bank owns the property at 25 Wallbridge Crescent mortgage-free thanks to the generosity of many in our community. In July of 2016 Gleaners Food Bank started renovations to increase the space for clients and volunteers in the food bank.
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2018 Annual Report Highlights
In 2018 Gleaners Food Bank assisted 2267 families, 9460 adults, 5591 children, 943 seniors and registered 1082 new clients. Gleaners distributed 6616 hampers in total.
Michaelangelo’s Café served 42,350 hot and cold refreshments, 13,310 sandwiches and 19,800 bread and pastry items. This service is open to the public, accessible during regular food bank operating hours and is free of charge.
Gleaners Distribution Centre operating out of St. Matthew’s United Church distributed food to: 723 families, 2146 adults, 1110 children.
Gleaners Tri-County Warehouse distributed over 200,000 KGS of food to the Quinte Regions including: Food Banks, Meal Programs and Non-Profit Agencies.